MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac High School football program, in conjunction with the MSA, held its ninth annual golf outing Aug. 16 at the Putnam County Golf Club. Perfect weather greeted the approximately 70 coaches, football players, and community boosters who came out to support Mahopac football.

The outing featured a shotgun start scramble, best-ball format, with closest to pin, long drive, and hole-in-one contests.

Participants had a chance to talk football at a lunch that followed at the Red Mills Pub.

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MSA Football Director Dan Callahan said he liked the turnout, and the funds raised to boost various age-group programs, from kindergarten flag, to varsity.

“We do it to raise money for equipment and various items for the program,” Callahan said. “We have players, coaches, teachers, community members, it’s open to anyone. We had a nice turnout, and everyone had a good time. I think people look forward to it, it’s a good thing prior to football (camp) kickoff.”

A portion of funds from last year’s outing were used to purchase the blow-up tunnel, from which varsity players enter the field prior to home games.

“We only get three or four home games a year, so we want to make the most of those,” Callahan said. “Whatever we can do to excite the kids and fans, and make it an experience.”

This year’s funds are set to help with new uniforms for the varsity team, and new tackling equipment for the youth program.

Callahan is hoping the final tally is between $5,000 and $6,000.

“That’s big for our program,” he said. “It really helps with supplies, and helps enlighten the experience the kids have. And we try to spread it out around our various age programs.”

Callahan said Mahopac’s football-loving community is hungry to kick off a new season, and the golf outing is like the appetizer.

“It’s great to get the community involved at the lunch after, at Red Mills,” he said. “Mahopac is definitely a football town, and the business owners give us great support. And everyone loves talking football.”